I thank God for this gift of life He has given us to do this everyday. Many thanks once again and welcome to LIFECLASS. Today’s lifeclass is a brand new chapter in our current series titled – Focus On What IS Working
Just while I thought we were going to end this series after 10 episodes, the holy spirit busted something new in me, believe me this could take us another week or two. I title today’s LIFECLASS – You have The Tools. Now, do remember to drop your feedback after this class
Over here in 1 Samuel chapter 17 verse 39, David refused to go to battle with the instruments that King Saul had given him, instead he dropped them and went with the primitive items he was already used to. I’m sure king Saul would have thought:
Are you kidding me, you’re going to fight a giant with apparently bare hands? Or of what relevance could your sling and shepherd staff be before a ferocious giant. You know at that time, David had not even picked any stones. So to Saul, he was going with bare hands.
David may had been a shepherd all his life. But he was smart enough to know that taking up a challenge to fight a giant does not cancel his personality as a shepherd. Choosing to fight a man for God’s sake, I mean defending the name of the Lord whom this gentile had blasphemed, does not remove from him his already known endeavour as a shepherd boy, rather, it should help. See my friends, where you’re going is not actually far from where you are right now. The very route to take next is already designed by God on a certain map you’re holding right now.
This morning, I want to advise you to stop discarding all that had been going on well for you just because you want to step up and play on a bigger field. Permit me to nudge you not to despise your little beginnings and those little, little happy moments that meant something to you. The holy spirit is designing a pattern with the trends of your life, please take a break and study that pattern. Therein lies the answer to many your questions.
You need the existing frame of mind to thrive in that new field you’re venturing into. For instance, it’s not an accident that you’ve been doing one particular thing all along even though you wanted something else. If you had been a teacher all along for instance and you suddenly got a big job in a bank or oil company, it would be a huge loss for you if you carry nothing valuable from your years of experience as a teacher, into the new job. Honestly, you would have lost a huge part of you. But if you carry your teaching ethics along, you will be defining a new role for yourself in the new place.
Believe me, that was only putting it mildly. You may never actually do well in any new endeavour if you swiftly discard the lessons learnt from a previous one. Everything you need for the next level is embedded in this level. Even if you’re planning to flee your state or country in search of a greener pasture elsewhere, please remember the son of whom you are. Never forget those virtues that brought you here. And in case you’re so engrossed with switching your career to another one you think is more lucrative, again i tell you, remember that it is the blessings of the Lord that makes rich and adds no sorrow (Prov 10:22).
As a matter of fact, hear what the Bible says in 1 Sam 2:7-9
The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich, He bringeth low, and lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, And lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, To set them among princes, And to make them inherit the throne of glory: For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, And he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, And the wicked shall be silent in darkness; For by strength shall no man prevail.
Never lose your integrity for anything material. Avoid taking loans that will make you lose your peace, or accepting positions that will make you compromise your spiritual life.
In Daniel chapter 1 vs 8, Daniel found himself in the palace, dining with the king, yet he determined not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies
Long ago, I quit thinking that any portion of my past was a mistake. Yes, there may have been areas where I got less than Gods will for me and there certainly are situations that the devil cheated me in the past due to my ignorance, but you see, no portion of your past was a mistake. If you get this point. Then you will see the present as an equipment for the future, so when the future arrives, no one will be able to pressure you into thinking, you’re not already equipped for it.
That was exactly David’s Case when he turned down Saul’s sophisticates weapons and opted for his own primitive, but rather familiar tools for killing the giant. David refused to allow Saul force him into thinking he stood no chance against Goliath the giant, simply because he David, had been a shepherd all his life while Goliath had been a soldier all his life. David appreciated Saul’s concern and help, but refused to accept help that will slow him down. Please don’t, and I repeat, don’t accept any help that will slow you down or recoil the confidence you have in your calling.
Not every help is necessary for you. People try to tie you to their own experiences and failures and fail to give room for your own revelations and discoveries and ingenuity. Sometimes, their help is genuine, but you don’t need people’s help more than you need God’s help. In such cases you’re not going to be rude, arrogant or ungrateful for their offer, but you’re going to be bold enough to look inside you, I mean into your spirit and see for yourself that, you have been helped, and you have been equipped with what you need for the next level. And if you think oh David, I still need to equipped myself with one skill or tool or degree, or facility, or endorsement, or whatever, just know that: God has equipped you with whatever it is you need to equip yourself. Close eyes and meditate on that. You have been helped!
David refused to take Saul’s armour and sword while preparing to confront Goliath. He tried to move with these weapons, but he could hardly move. So instead, he stuck with what he already had. Stones, sling and shepherds pouch.
Ok, let’s analyse this. We all know that swords and armour and helmet and shields are more lethal weapons of war than stones and slings. But what does it matter, he won’t be the one to fight anyway. The Philistine Goliath had defied the lord of hosts and he must pay with his life. So why put on a weaponry heavier than you that will slow down your movement just to please someone. Please LIFECLASS, you’re not living to please anyone more than you please God.
Bible says: let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. So you don’t need all of that weight. You have the tools with you
Now, here’s the point I’m making in today’s LIFECLASS. You have the tools with you and you have been helped. God is designing a pattern from the trends of your life. All you need to do is settle down, take a break and study that pattern. Therein lies the answer to many of your questions. Say Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see what you’re showing me, open my ears to hear what you are telling me, to know where you’re taking me, to see the pattern you’re designing from the trends of my life, to discern the next route you want me to go. Help me not to entangle myself with unnecessary that will weigh me down or slow me down on my journey to destiny, in Jesus name Name. Thank you Lord Jesus.
If you haven’t given your life to Jesus, this is the best time to do so. Say, Lord Jesus, I come to you today and I’m ready to receive you and accept you as my Lord and saviour. I’m ready to forsake my sins and take up the grace that you have made available for me.
So join me again tomorrow, by the grace of God on LIFECLASS. Thanks